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US magazine Consumer Reports just released its latest sunscreen report, revealing that price doesn’t mean quality and that some products don’t meet the SPF (sun protection factor) claims on the bottles.
Consumer Reports tested 12 popular sunscreens for its July 2013 issue and found that paying more for your sunscreen doesn't mean you're getting a better product.
"Some of the priciest sunscreens Consumer Reports tested offered less than their labeled SPF value," the magazine said in a press release.
Up & Up Sport SPF 50, from Target, earned top nods in these latest ratings and was one of the least expensive products tested.
Pricier sunscreens that fell short included All Terrain AquaSport SPF 30 and Badger Unscented SPF 34, which didn’t live up to the SPF on their labels. Consumer Reports recommends the following six sunscreens:
Target's Up & Up Sport, $1.16 an ounce Walmart's Equate Ultra Protection SPF 50, 47 cents an ounce Coppertone Water Babies SPF 50, $1.38 an ounce Walgreens Continuous Spray Sport SPF 50, $1.33 an ounce Hawaiian Tropic Sheer Touch SPF 30, $1.38 an ounce Coppertone Sport High Performance SPF 30, $1.67 an ounce
The six not-recommended sunscreens are:
California Baby SPF 30+, $6.90 an ounce No-Ad with Avobenzone, Aloe, and Vitamin E SPF 45, 63 cents an ounce Neutrogena Wet Skin SPF 45+, $3.67 an ounce Kiss My Face with Hydresia SPF 40, $5.33 an ounce Badger Unscented SPF 34, $5.52 an ounce All Terrain AquaSport SPF 30, $4.33 an ounce